I got this via email just now:
"If the 'red shirt' thing is new to you, read below to learn how it went for a business man....
Last week, while traveling to Chicago on business, a business man noticed a Marine sergeant traveling with a folded flag, but did not put two and two together. After he boarded the flight, the business man turned to the sergeant, who'd been invited to sit in First Class (across from him), and inquired if he was heading home.
'No, he responded.'
'Heading out, I asked?'
'No... I'm escorting a soldier home.'
'Going to pick him up?'
'No. He is with me right now. He was killed in Iraq, I'm taking him home to his family.'
The realization of what he had been asked to do hit the business man like a punch to the gut. It was an honor for him. He told me that, although he didn't know the soldier, he had delivered the news of his passing to the soldier's family and felt as if he knew them after many conversations in so few days.
The business man turned back to him, extended his hand, and said, 'Thank you... thank you for doing what you do so my family and I can do what we do.'
Upon landing in Chicago the pilot stopped short of the gate and made the following announcement over the intercom:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to note that we have had the honor of having Sergeant Steeley of the United States Marine Corps join us on this flight. He is escorting a fallen comrade back home to his family. I ask that you please remain in your seats when we open the forward door to allow Sergeant Steeley to deplane and receive his fellow soldier. We will then turn off the seat belt sign."
Without a sound, all went as requested. The business man noticed the sergeant saluting the casket as it was brought off the plane, and his action made him realize that he was proud to be an American.
So here's a public 'Thank You' to our military men and women for what you do so we can live the way we do
Very soon, you will see a great many people wearing Red every Friday. The reason? Americans who support our troops used to be called the "silent majority." We are no longer silent, and are voicing our love for God, country and home in record breaking numbers. We are not organized, boisterous or overbearing.
Many Americans, like you, me and all our friends, simply want to recognize that the vast majority of America supports our troops. Our idea of showing solidarity and support for our troops with dignity and respect starts this Friday -- and will continue each and every Friday until the troops all come home. It will be sending a deafening message that... every red-blooded American who supports our men and women a far, will be wearing something red.
By word of mouth, press, or TV -- let's make the United States on every Friday a sea of red, much like a homecoming football game in the bleachers. If every one of us who loves this country will share this with acquaintances, coworkers, friends, and family, it will not be long before the USA is covered in RED and it will let our troops know the once "silent" majority is on their side more than ever, certainly more than the media lets on.
The first thing a soldier says when asked, "What can we do to make things better for you?" is "We need your support and your prayers." Let's get the word out and lead with class and dignity, by example, and wear something red every Friday."
November 11 2017 – Lest we forget
1 week ago